Category Archives: Miscellaneous

“In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow…”

Do you remember (how could you forget?) the poppy display at the Tower of London back in 2014?  I have finally put the two that I own on display, so I thought I’d show you.  But there is another reason … Continue reading

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The Glorious Dead

A recent comment on a post I published back in January about young Valentine Joe Strudwick piqued my interest; all your comments are interesting, of course they are, but you’ll see why I mention this one in particular.

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An Aussie in Flanders

A strip of camouflaged canvas from a downed German plane.

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Twenty Minutes After

A few years back now, I showed you a couple of pieces of artwork by Lieutenant Hugh Mossom Boyd of the Royal Engineers that I was kindly allowed to scan and publish, and I thought you might like to see … Continue reading

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The Easter Rising – One Hundred Years On

One hundred years ago, on Easter Monday 1916, Patrick Pearse and his Irish Volunteers, alongside James Connolly and the Irish Citizen Army, occupied a number of important buildings in the city of Dublin, beginning what became known as the Easter … Continue reading

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The Military Service Act 1916 – One Hundred Years On

You might not know this, but exactly 100 years ago today, on the 27th January 1916, the British Government passed the Military Service Act, which made all single men between the ages of eighteen and forty one liable to be … Continue reading

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Valentine Joe Strudwick

This is Essex Farm Cemetery, just to the north of Ieper (Ypres).  It is a famous, and well-visited cemetery, for a number of reasons, not least that it was here that the poet John McCrae penned his ‘In Flanders Fields’ … Continue reading

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